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Porsche Classic Restoracing Championship 2019

Porsche Centre Cardiff Restoracing Team

The Porsche Classic Restoracing Championship returns

The second series of the Porsche Classic Restoracing Championship is underway. The Championship is designed to promote the technical knowledge and abilities of our teams, their passion for the brand and their competitive spirit. Porsche Centre Cardiff’s car is back on the grid this season, but this time with a brand new driver, Scot Adams.

Gold-level Porsche-trained Technician Scot is thrilled to be behind the wheel of our 986 Boxster with 550 Spyder Fletcher Aviation inspired livery. He hopes to be successful in the five round championship.

Scot Adams

Meet our Driver

Scot has worked at Porsche Centre Cardiff for nearly 12 years and is a Gold Accredited Porsche-trained Technician. After working on the Restoracing Boxster last year, Scot hopes the new fully adjustable suspension will help Cardiff's chances in the races.

Scot is thrilled to be representing Porsche Centre Cardiff at the multi-day event and will be competing against Porsche Centres from across the UK to race the classic Boxster at some of Britain’s most famous circuits.

 

Porsche Classic Restoracing Championship 2019

Scot Adams - Porsche Restoracing - Donington Park

Race 1 - Donington Park

A very warm Easter Saturday saw the return of the Restoracing Championship at Donington Park. The opening round was eventful and exciting as the 986 Boxsters competed on this iconic track. Find out how Scot got on in his first race of the season.

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Porsche Swindon Restoracing - Brands Hatch

Race 2 - Brands Hatch

The second round of the series brought the competition to Brands Hatch on a cold and rainy Bank Holiday weekend in May. Scot was ready to race in challenging conditions on a new track and the team from Porsche Centre Cardiff turned up in numbers to support him. 

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Porsche Restoracing Team Cardiff Brands Hatch Indy

Race 3 - Brands Hatch

On 7 July, Restoracing returned to Brands Hatch for the third round of the competition. The team from Porsche Centre Cardiff were hoping Scot’s previous visit would help him climb up the grid, but did the Indy track prove a new challenge altogether?

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Snetterton

Race 4 - Snetterton

On 27 July, the drivers faced a completely new circuit to the Championship. The team from Porsche Centre Cardiff travelled to Snetterton, a track renowned for fast racing with long straights and sweeping corners, for the penultimate round of the series.

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Oulton Park

Race 5 - Oulton Park

The last round of the Restoracing series will take place on the last weekend of August at Oulton Park. How will Cardiff fair in the final races?

The restoration process

The Stripdown

The Stripdown

Our team of Porsche-trained Technicians had not undertaken a project to turn a road car into a race car before, but had excellent knowledge of 986 engines.

When the opportunity arose to promote Porsche Classic Life at Bicester Heritage on behalf of the Dick Lovett Group, Porsche Centre Cardiff decided to take part, becoming the last team to enter the competition. It was just three months until the first race.

The schedule for the restoration included a week for the roll cage to be fitted and a further week for the respray, so the team didn’t waste any time taking apart the engine to begin work.

Engine

Engine

The engine was in a good condition for a road car, but changes were needed to ensure the car could withstand the demands of racing. After the engine was removed, it underwent a full service including all engine ancillaries.

Replacement parts included the belts, spark plugs, water pump, oil separator, all pulleys and tensioners, radiators, exhaust manifolds and ignition coils. All modifications to the engine had to comply with the guidelines set by the Porsche Club Championship.

Vehicle Preparation

Vehicle preparation

The car needed to be revamped before we made any race modifications, so the full suspension and braking system was overhauled, along with a new clutch, flywheel and battery.

Bodyshop

Bodyshop

The paintwork on the car was carried out at Spraymaster, Dick Lovett’s state-of-the-art Porsche Recommended Repairer in Swindon.

The Porsche 550 which inspired the livery for our car was first exhibited in 1953 in Paris and had a light-alloy monocoque body. To replicate this colour, the Boxster S needed a complete internal and external respray. To achieve the exact colour of the silver alloy on the 550, Steven Pottinger, Owner Services Business Development Manager for PCGB, kindly worked with Glasurite to source a custom paint code. The paint resembled the bare aluminium finish of the cars in the 1950’s, and for full authenticity the interior was resprayed to match the outside.

Race Modifications

Race Modifications

Race modifications were made to the car by the team around the clock, including the harness fire extinguisher and cut-off switch. The team elected to have both the dashboard and the centre console flocked to prevent glare when racing. Tow eyes and bonnet pins were fitted, and the black roll cage was also secured.

Livery

Livery

The inspiration for the livery on the Boxster S came from the Porsche 550-1500 RS Spyder “Carrera Panamericana”. The sponsor logos from Fletcher Aviation on the Porsche 550 Spyder tie in with the link that Dick Lovett Group have to Bicester Heritage, home to World War II buildings, air hangars and Porsche Classic Life.